Commonwealth to observe Sri Lankan election

Commonwealth to observe Sri Lankan election

Commonwealth to observe Sri Lankan election

Written by Ramesh Irugalbandara

30 Dec, 2014 | 2:43 pm

According to the Commonwealth of Nations, a group of nine elections observers will arrive in Sri Lanka to act as election observers ahead of the 2015 Presidential Poll.

In a press release, the Commonwealth announced that the observer group will be led by Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, former President of Guyana and is being sent upon the formal invitation extended by Commissioner of Elections Mahinda Deshapriya.

The nine observers will be in Sri Lanka from Jan. 2 to Jan. 14  and will engage in a range of duties. The Commonwealth observers are due to consider the pre-electoral environment and preparations, as well as observe the voting process, counting and tabulation procedures and the announcement of results.

Issuing a statement, Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma said the people of Sri Lanka should be able to freely exercise their franchise in an enabling environment marked by transparency, a level playing field and adherence to the laws and norms that govern a credible and peaceful election.

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